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Painted front door can give your home a complete makeover

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Have you ever considered painting your front door?  What a dramatic difference it can make.  It seems to be one of those things we think about, but never do. 

I say "do it!!"

When we bought this house, the previous owners had painted the door.  It was.....well.....yuck!  But that seemed to be their style of decorating.  After we closed on the house we started to clean it up.  The entire outside had to be pressure washed and in a few hours it went from a dull gray to a beautiful white.  It was amazing!  And that's when we noticed the door.  It just wasn't right.

diy paint front door

So I stopped by the store to grab a few paint samples to narrow down my selection.  Wow....what a tough decision.

You don't have to pick the most expensive brand.  I went with the most expensive Behr paint the first time (I got suckered in by sales lady and I was nervous about painting the door).  It was noted as their top quality exterior door paint, and I was very disappointed.  The paint rubbed off everytime I wash it and then eventually would peel..  I have 2 newfoundlands who drool A LOT, I wipe walls and doors A LOT, and every time I was the door I'm left with a pink washcloth.  Very irritating.  With all the painting I've done at this house I am always very happy with Glidden.  But the choice is yours.

Sand the door a bit first.  Unless it's a paint free door, then you don't have to.  Otherwise, if it is painted, it's a good idea to rough it up first even if the paint says "no sanding needed".

When painting, use a good brush.  Seriously, spend a few extra bucks and buy the Presa Premium Paint Brush Set - it'll make a huge difference especially when doing a paneled door. 

I started at the top and worked down.  Do the inside grooves first and then the flat areas around the grooves with either a brush or roller.  Keep working at a good speed from top to bottom so that it's drying evenly.

Consider doing the inside of the door too!  I'm glad I really gives the front entrance a pop of color.

painted front door do it yourself

Before & after
before and after painted front door

** And now, 1 year later, it still wasn't "right".  I did love the color a lot, but I wanted a different "look".  Once you walk in to the house, everything is done in a white, gray and shades of blue and I wanted the door to blend with the inside as well.

So one more paint job and here we are now!

door makeover

You may notice too, that we had painted the window trim from black to white.  That really helped to make the white house look much cleaner and brighter and then when the door was painted the blue color, it really gave it the beachy look we were going for!

The new color is Behr Malaysian Mist.